Year 1 - Lavender
Dear Lavender Class,
Thank you for visiting our class page. I will try my best to put new and exciting things on it as often as I can so please come back and visit it when you can. If you think of anything that you would like to have on our page then please let me know.
Love from Miss Jennings
PS Remember your e-safety rules before clicking on any of the internet links on this page. More information about our Lavender e-safety rules are below. For other information on how to stay safe, visit the main school e-safety page.
Lavender Class Acceptable Use Policy
- Ask an adult to stay with you and help to keep you safe.
- Keep water bottles far away from computers.
- Use the laptops, computers and tablets gently and carefully.
- Only talk to people you know in real life. Strangers are not always nice!
- Never share things about your life such as where you live or your phone number.
- Use nice words and be polite. Leave nice comments to make the readers happy.
- Only play on things that are okay for your age.
- Tell an adult if you see anything that makes you feel weird.
- Keep passwords a secret.
- Be smart! You need to remember your e-safety rules at home and at school.
Lavender acceptable use policy as a video
Advice from your classroom technology equipment
General Class Information
- Class Teacher: Miss Jennings
- PPA Cover Teacher: Mrs Fender
- Other adults in Lavender class: Mrs Palmer, Mrs Kidby, Miss French
- PE is on Monday morning and Thursday morning
- English homework in Year One is daily reading.
- Please try to write in your child's reading diary when you hear them read at home.
- Maths homework in Year One is set through the My Maths website.
- I will let your child know when another task has been set.
- Please remember that water bottles should only contain water
For more information about how to help your child at home, please visit our Key Stage One Curriculum page:
What is your child learning at school
Please click below to see our Autumn Term overview and our Autumn Termly letter:
Please click below to see our Spring Term overview and our Spring Termly letter:
- Termly letters are now out (see above links)
- Please remember to download our new Balliol school app.
- Breakfast bagels are available from the playground each morning from 8.30 - 8.45am.
- Book fayre is here from 12th June in the swimming pool corridor
- Scruffy mufti art day is on Friday 21st June
- Summer fayre is on Saturday 28th June
- School photos are on Monday 1st July
- Sports day is on Friday afternoon 5th July
- Proms on the field and enterprise is on Monday 15th July
How to get the Balliol app
Our Three Class Rules
Here are some useful websites to visit to help you with your English work.
Here are some useful websites to visit to help you with your Maths work.
Autumn Topic - Into the Enchanted Forest
Here are some useful websites to visit to help you with your topic work.
Summer Topic - Splish, Splash, Splosh
Here are some useful websites to visit to help you with your topic work.
Our Class Diary
Week Commencing 3rd September 2018
We had our first week in Lavender class. We had fun getting to know all of our new friends and teachers. We did lots of counting in maths and we also started to learn how to form our letter shapes correctly. We also read a great book called 'Cleversticks.' It taught us that we are all good at different things and if we work together, we can learn new things as a team.
Week Commencing 10th September 2018
We read a great book this week called 'Five Minutes Peace.' It told us all about a family of elephants. We then had fun learning about each others families. In maths, we explored numbers to 10 and how you can represent this in lots of different ways. For example, we explored 10 jumps, 10 claps, 10 blocks, 10 stories, 10 pencils etc. We also started to learn how to write numerals to 10. In science we learned about different body parts and started to learn about our senses.
Exciting Friday update! We had a message in our classroom asking us to go outside. When we went out, we found a glittery letter hidden in one of our trees. When we read it, we discovered that it was from the fairies and elves. It told us that they had moved into our school and wanted to stay for the year but they could only do that if we made their King and Queen happy by completing some challenges. The first challenge was an invitation to go and see where they lived in the forest and collect some forest artefacts such as leaves and acorns. When we went back into our classroom, we found that it had been covered in glitter and a mysterious box had been delivered.
Week Commencing 17th September 2018
On Monday, we went to the forest. Here are some of the things that we saw:
When we got back from the forest, we explore the things that we had collected using our senses and wrote about our trip. We also looked carefully at the things using magnifying glasses, painted pictures of leaves, did some wax crayon leaf rubbings and drew observational sketches. After this, we opened the mysterious box that had been delivered to the classroom. Inside it, we found an envelope with some challenges. It asked us to read the story of Hansel and Gretel, work on directions so that we could help to rescue them and also design the top of the gingerbread house.
Week Commencing 24th September 2018
In maths, we answered our key question and worked out which group of objects was the most and which was the least. We also carried on completing our Hansel and Gretel challenges. Have a look to see how we got on with designing the top of our gingerbread houses. We had to draw our designs first and then try to copy them exactly using biscuits, icing and smarties.
Week Commencing 1st October 2018
In maths, we had a new key question. We had different bags of sweets and we had to work out how many were in two bags at a time. In English, we had a surprise! The fairies and elves visited us again and gave us something mysterious to plant and a story about Jack and the Beanstalk.
Week Commencing 8.10.18
This week, we have been watching our plants very carefully and some of them have started to grow. We think they might be beans just like in our Jack and the beanstalk story!
In maths, we have been working on our adding up skills. We are learning that if we know 3 + 2 = 5 then we also know 2 + 3 = 5 and 5 = 3 + 2 and 5 = 2 + 3. We have also been working hard to learn our number bonds to 10 off by heart. In topic, we have been learning all about the four seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. We are looking forward to seeing what challenges the fairies and elves send us next.
Here are the firework pictures that we made. We explored changing the colours and using different paint tools.
Week Commencing 5.11.19
In topic, we learned all about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. We also learned about Diwali and had a whole school remembrance event on Friday.
6.11.18 Balliol Fireworks Event
Here are some photos of our path of poppies that we made on Friday 9th November during our remembrance event.
Week Commencing 24.11.18
This week we have been busy practising our Christmas performance. We hope to see lots of you at our performances on Wednesday and Thursday next week. In English, we wrote letters to Santa using our very best handwriting. In maths, we had a new key question. We were asked how tall we were. We have spent this week working on measuring using lots of different equipment. In topic, we made Christmas cards and also made our 2019 calendars. We decided to use the computers to make four seasons pictures.
Week Commencing 3.12.18
We performed our Christmas play to the rest of the school and also to our parents this week. We have all been very busy and have worked very hard! On Friday, some of us went to the school Christmas fayre after school.
Week Commencing 3.1.19
Something strange happened at school today. After lunch, we put on safety jackets and went outside. We noticed lots of things and we think that a spaceship might have crashed! We took lots of photos and we collected samples of the materials to use and explore with in our science lessons.
Week Commencing 14.1.19
In English, we read a story called Beegu. It was about a lost little yellow alien with three eyes. We made our own Beegu models out of playdough and we described them using our best handwriting. In maths, we have been working on our taking away and counting backwards. We also worked on knowing that if 3 + 7 = 10 then 7 + 3 = 10 and 10 – 3 = 7 and 10 – 7 = 3. In topic, we learned about different materials and their properties. We also learned all about the five oceans and seven continents and had fun using a world map on an augmented reality app called Quiver. It turned the flat map into the globe.
This week, we had a go at making some moon dough. We found picture instructions inside the crash site suitcase and used them to help us mix some cornflour, shaving foam, glitter and food colouring until it made a dough. In English, we had a go at writing a moon dough recipe, described the moon dough and made adverts to make you want to buy the moon dough. We also had a go at filming our own moon dough TV advert using the iPads. In maths, we worked hard on counting in 2s, 5s and 10s to 100 and beyond. We used a hundred square to look at the pattern that was made each time.
Week Commencing 25.2.19
This week, we found a newspaper article about an alien that had been found in a supermarket car park. The article said that if anyone had any information then they should write to Professor Pong. In English, we all had a go at writing letters to tell Professor Pong about the crash site that we had found at school. We are looking forward to seeing if he writes back with a reply. In maths, we started to learn about mass and using balances to compare heavy and light. In topic, we had a think about what astronauts eat when they are in space. We looked at some astronaut fruit and compared it to the fruit that we eat on Earth. We used our senses to explore what was the same and what was different.
On Friday, we went to the school hall and had a planetarium visit. It was amazing! We sat inside it and we learned all about stars and planets.
Week Commencing 1.4.19
We had an exciting start to our week. We received a letter from the alien saying that it had flown home. At the bottom of the letter was a picture of the rocket ship that we had made flying through space! We also had a nice week doing lots of different Easter activities. We had fun making our Easter cards. Here is how they turned out:
Week Commencing 29.4.19
In English, we read a book called ‘Billy’s Bucket.’ We designed our own bucket and thought about what could be inside. In maths, we started to learn about quarters. In topic, we drew pictures of our favourite sea creatures ready for next week.
Week Commencing 13.5.19
In English, we wrote our own underwater sea creature stories. We thought very creatively. In maths, we learned all about left, right, forwards, backwards, clockwise and anticlockwise. We pretended to be robots that had to follow position and direction instructions. In topic, we learned all about the parts of a fish and the names of different fish.
Week Commencing 4.6.19
In English we have been thinking about the sea. We thought of words to describe it and wrote these in sentences. We also learned all about Grace Darling and how brave she was. In phonics, we worked hard on our sounds and reading skills ready for our test next week. In maths, we worked on our place value skills. We looked at home many tens and units were in different numbers and how we could compare these numbers to see which were more and which were less. In topic, we made our own lighthouses out of clay. We also made observational sketches of shells using pastels.